they deserve a simple vote. our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. in fact, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges i have outlined tonight. but we were never sent here to be perfect. we were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity , uphold our ideals through the heart, often frustrating, but absolutely -- through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work. we were sent here to look out for our fellow americans the same way they look out for one another. every single day. usually without fanfare, all across this country.